Boating & Fishing
Gulf Shores & Orange Beach
Water is a way of life in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach with the Gulf of Mexico to the south and numerous bays and coves to the east and west, and a few lakes right in the middle. Ready to channel your inner water god or goddess? Pick your pleasure from boat and jet ski rentals, sailing and dolphin-watching cruises, diving and snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boarding, parasailing, and fishing.
Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are home to one of the largest charter fishing fleets along the Gulf of Mexico. Choose from inshore and onshore to near shore and offshore (deep sea) trips that last a couple of hours to a couple of days. Never fished before? No worries, charter captains and deck hands are great teachers or take a quick class with the Angler Academy offered by Gulf State Park.
Fun Fact: Alabama has the largest offshore artificial reef system in the entire United States, which makes for great fishing and spectacular diving because these reefs – from small things like Jeeps and mailboxes to giant things like cargo ships – become home and feed grounds for a variety of fish species. Newer artificial reefs have been deployed closer to shore at Gulf State Park beaches to create easy access snorkeling areas.